Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network; Sirius 136, XM 200
Records: Ole Miss 5-4, 2-3 SEC, Vanderbilt 5-4, 3-3 SEC
Series: Ole Miss leads 47-37-2.
Coaches: Vanderbilt – James Franklin, 11-11 second season at VU and overall. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 35-11, fourth season overall; 5-4 first season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: Vanderbilt – RB Zac Stacy 142-742 6 TDs. QB Jordan Rodgers 124-of-209 passing, 1,678 yards, 7 TD, 3 INT. WR Jordan Matthews 61 catches, 850 yards, 4 TD. DB Kenny Ladler 57 tackles, 2.5 TFL. Ole Miss – RB Jeff Scott 126-633, 6 TDs. QB Bo Wallace 152-of-230 passing, 1,836 yards, 11 TD, 10 INT. WR Donte Moncrief 39 catches, 540 yards, 5 TD. LB Denzel Nkemdiche 60 tackles, 9 TFLs, 4 FF; S Cody Prewitt 60 tackles, 2 INT.
Trends: Vanderbilt has won five of the last seven in the series, including its last two trips to Oxford. … Ole Miss is 1-2 in the last three in the series, all having been decided by at least two touchdowns.
Notes: Ole Miss was within 2 minutes, 15 seconds of getting shutout in Nashville last year when Zack Stoudt connected with Donte Moncrief from 47 yards to get the Rebels on the board in a 30-7 loss. … Stoudt threw five interceptions in that game, and Vanderbilt held Ole Miss to 234 yards of offense. …Ole Miss is the only SEC team without a turnover in the red zone this year and has scored 17 times in 17 red zone chances against league opponents. … The Rebels are third in the SEC and tied for 15th nationally with 7.3 tackles for loss per game. … All four of Vanderbilt’s losses have come against teams ranked in the BCS poll. … Ole Miss cornerbacks coach Wesley McGriff coached defensive backs and served as recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt last year.
Summing it up: “I’m very impressed with the job they do. They’re only giving up 316 yards a game. In our league, that is very good this year. They rank very high in all of the defensive stats. Coach (James) Franklin and his staff have done a marvelous job. His kids play extremely hard. They know exactly who they are and who they want to be.” – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Vanderbilt
Prediction: Ole Miss 32, Vanderbilt 26